Song: Maharaj Ji We Love You
Transcript of Prem Rawat's Speech at the Guru Puja festival, Lingfield England, June 21 1979
(Shouts of Bolie Shri Satgurudev Maharaj Ki Jai repeatedly)
Welcome to Guru Puja and semi-Holi. I know we just had Holi in Marbella but just for that little extra. You've travelled a lot of miles, some of you couldn't come to Marbella but you're all here now and it's happening.(cheers: Bolie Shri Satgurudev Maharaj Ki Jai) And in one way I was just in my trailer watching the video and Padarthanand was giving satsang then I just, then the band was playing the songs and one of the musicians stuck his hand out to feel for the rain (loud feedback) and uh the same time I decided I better come out start giving satsang. It starts to get pretty cold, (extremely loud feedback) but then for me you know whoever doings the mixing that doesn't make for very nice music, you know, you can turn the monitors down a little bit. And it's just no, it doesn't make for nice music and it's just to me it's the same thing like with this rain, you know, we have all come here to listen to some satsang and we all want to listen to some satsang and then all of a sudden it starts to rain and we all put up our umbrellas and plastic sheets and you know waterproof gear and we all do this thing and all I can see is, you know, a lot of premies standing up and their umbrellas here and there and plastic sheets and the same, you know, just trying to ourselves from the rain cause we know that the feeling of getting wet is not so nice. We know that if we get wet, the cold weather, we might catch a cold. Well that's true and the doctors have told you and your mothers have told you when you were little that, "Don't get wet, don't get wet and it sort of carries through in your life and here you are you know, adults and whatever and you don't wanna get wet."
It's the same thing with Guru Maharaj Ji. Guru Maharaj Ji says "Don't get wet by the rain of mind." You know Guru Maharaj Ji says "Don't let that rain of mind come in your life. Don't let that mind come and soak you. That's no good, it's not gonna do you anything" and yet for this physical rain we put up our sheets and protection and somehow maybe we don't get wet but what about for our minds? What about f, what about for our egos? What about for our craziness? What about for our different ideas and different concepts and different things that we just completely get into that are showered upon us whether or not we like it. What is our protection against that? Who's going to protect us from that? Who's going to protect us from the rain?
You know today's June 21st, longest day of the day and the first day of summer. So much for summer, you know, and isn't this what the world promises us, today is the first day of summer. World promises us happiness. World promises us, you know, that what you are looking for is already there in your life. You don't need to look anymore. People in this world, you know, think about cults, think about religions, think about spiritual people, think about I mean all these different categories and almost like there's like countless things like that, trips. And yet aren't we all involved in some kind of a trip of this maya, aren't we all involved in some kind of a trip on this world, everyone of us. It doesn't matter, it's irrelevant, if we want to be involved in the trip of this world or we don't want to be involved in the trip of this world, we are. We just simple are caught and it's like because you're caught in one, you know it's like and when you are driving a car and so many people have cars and so many people drive them. And everybody likes to think that they're car is nicer than the other guy's. Doesn't matter if it's the same exact kind of the car but yours is always better than the other one. Just like the grass is always greener on the other side of the hill. A lot of wishful thinking that we do in this world and that is all it is, wishful thinking.
Imagine this world and I've asked myself that question. Imagine this world if there was to be nobody coming in this world and even mentioning the word 'liberation' 'salvation' 'peace' 'happiness' 'bliss.' What would happen? I ask myself, would this world be any different? Would this world be any different if such thing as peace and happiness did not exist. And the answer to that is a very simple one, no, because this so-called world quote doesn't have peace and happiness. It doesn't make a difference, salvation, liberation, concepts, ideas are set, are just wondering ideas. But the true realisation of that happiness, does that really exist in this world? The true bliss in this world, does it really exist? Is there anything that the man of this world, a person, a guy, a human being living in this world could just go somewhere and grab "This is it, this is peace, this is happiness." No, because peace is within, happiness is within, that love is within and in this world how many times do we look for that offer of satisfaction, for that offer of peace, for that offer of, of love that we all so desperately want. I mean we like to think that yes, we really want that, that yes we really look for that and yet does it ever happen in our lives? No. Only when Guru Maharaj Ji comes in our lives, only when somebody can really offer us that, only when somebody can really give us that, when that happens, when somebody comes in this world, not of ideas, not of concepts, not I mean maybe in one sense, even not of our own type, you know, because to us, world is everything. Whatever this world has got to offer is it, look there's nothing else behind it, besides it and when Guru Maharaj Ji comes in our lives, he doesn't offer us this world, he offers us Knowledge, he offers us something that is inside of us, that is our own true satisfaction, offers us ourselves. Gives us, ourselves. In this world, world always gives us something else, but not ourselves. World gives us maybe all these desires, maybe world gives us money, maybe world gives us cars, maybe world gives us aeroplanes, maybe world give us, I mean all these things that world has to offer and yet nothing in this world really gives us ourselves. And that's what we need. What are we gonna do with all these cars? What are we gonna do with all these airplanes?
I mean look at this whole airplane scene that's going on. You know there was all these people and everybody and you know this guy Laker he had just had gotten up in the air and he was really doin' pretty good and he's got all these brand new DC10's and so many of these other people have DC10's and this is happening and that's happening. All of a sudden one goes down the drain and they say "Look, all of them are faulty." They found cracks in a few other, that's it. And everybody in England was like really mad, you know, and people at this airport you know just and in this this interview it was really funny, to me it was really funny and this one woman said "You know these guys knew about this all the time, all the time. Why didn't they do it before? Why did, did they have to do it now?" And all I could say to myself was, "Lady, if you knew that this aircraft had a crack in the engine mounting, you wouldn't be boarding this airplane." Who would? I mean who would board an airplane if they knew it was gonna go down? And look at all this scene, look at all this hassle the the this world is offering us constantly, this whole nuclear power thing. (sniggers) You know, I mean there's so many jokes about this nuclear power thing. There's been movies out that they're supposed to freak you right out. Even if you are for nuclear power take one look at this movie and you are not. What is this world giving us, what is this world, you know, trying to give us and the question is not what this world is giving us in one sense but what has this world even got to offer us? If we can't have ourselves, if we can't have ourselves then what is it to have all this?
You know, its reminds me of that one story one of the initiators was telling about this guy who always wanted a lot of money, always wanted a big place to live in, I mean who had all these ideas and concepts and he was a gangster and one day this guy dies and he doesn't know that he has died, all of a sudden he has met with this other person, you know, This other person greets him and says "Well, can I offer you this help?" and he's offered this help and you know, he's taken to this place and all that he can even hardly imagine, all he has to do is imagine it and it's his, just imagine it and it's his and its, it's like he gets into it and he wants and at first he likes it just like we do. At first he likes it that this is what he's always wanted. All he has to do is just think about it and he gets it. And then all of a sudden the whole picture changes. When he can think about it and he gets it but what he really wants, he can't get it and that's the way it is. That's the way it's always been and that's the way it is right now.
To us, what is the most important thing in our lives? We don't know. It could be anything. People of this world are just so confused, sometimes you can see that they're so confused that they don't know. They don't know what is the thing that this life really wants. Nobody has any idea, nobody has any feeling. I mean they get up and they get up on television and they talk about this happen and that happen and news commentaries and movies and films and reflecting nothing but what you already know.
Where is the true meaning of life? Whatever happened to that? What happened to the sincere understanding of why we are here for? Who? Who right now? I mean television is the greatest advancement, a very big advancement and yet one thing in a television station which focuses on one simple thing. Why are you here? If you could only know why you are here, then you could know if you want to watch a movie or not watch a movie. If you were only here, if you only knew why you are here, a lot of the guesswork would go away and yet it is presenting all these ideas and all theories and all these concepts and sometimes there are these people who are called intellectual people. Mr Knowemalls, you know. What they think is right, is correct, is true and they don't care about the other person at all. Even if the other person is saying exactly the same thing they are saying, still they are right, the other person is wrong. And sometimes this is the kind of wheel we get caught in. Sometimes this is the up and down and up and down and up and down of this mind that we get caught in, you know. A simple thing in our lives can disattract us from our goal, from our purpose. I mean for all purposes it's raining right now, you know. It is and it's leaking on the stage. It's leaking here and it's leaking on those places there and it's leaking. And it's leaking backstage, you know, there, there are, there are spots where I guess the plastic that's supposed to keep it waterproof is dipping in places and cracks and the water is just pouring out back there. And all this is happening and yet what is it to us? Right now if the sun came out, right now I mean if right now the sun came out what would happen? Nobody would even think about it. I mean it would just be "Yay, fantastic, hooray" everybody would get dry and then everything would be AOK just like, you know, it was raining in Orlando and I wasn't there. I was giving darshan. I could see it was raining because some of the premies were coming through the darshan line were sogging wet. And you could see the videos and there were these intiators with, you know, yellow waterproof things on and microphone all covered with plastics just trying to plough right through it, just trying to give satsang through it all and people, you know, looking for this and looking for that and I mean right now what's happening. I mean premies, I guess, over there who've been in their tents and stuff like that who possibly were even thinking about coming here and all of a sudden it tarts raining so they duck in their tents and they go to places where it isn't raining so much and all of a sudden they hear "Oh Guru Maharaj Ji is giving satsang so there's a whole line. There was a huge line but now there is a line still and the premies are coming over.
Look at that. Look at, look at for one hour even 24 hours if it rained, look at 24 hours, what is the significance of 24 hours in our own lifetime. What is it? What is 24 hours worth in our lifetime? What do we think about in a day? I mean look what people do with Sundays. They just go and lie down in a nice lazy day and that's what they want. I'm not talking abut 24 hours, perhaps only 1 hour, perhaps only 2 hours and yet, what is the significance of 2 or 3 hours that we have in our lives is nothing. We can be waiting for a bus and it doesn't mean anything to us and we can be waiting for anything. A taxi or walking somewhere, ???? nothing in general.
And just you can see that when it comes to satsang, just when it comes to that point of the real you, not the you that's been plastered up but the real you, you know, it becomes a major affair. It becomes a major thing, a thing that you don't care about, you wouldn't necessarily care about all of a sudden becomes a major thing and this is just the disattraction of the mind. This is where the mind wants to take us. (giggles) It just happened there too. The canopy just gave up and they all jumped in that tent. But look at it. What are talking about? What are we all here for? Why are we even all sitting in this, in this rain, you know, however we are sitting. I mean some people really don't care, some people don't even have proper clothes for rain but they're just sitting. But it's our own experience that's gonna take us to that place. I don't care. I don't think the premies over there who don't have anything on in terms of rain-proofing are more dedicated than the premies who have something on or vice versa. But it's our own experience that says something more. Our own dedication to Guru Maharaj Ji says more. Our own love for Guru Maharaj Ji says more. When we really have understood that.
Everybody tries to lead their lives in one way or the other. You know, everybody has got a set pattern. The French have it different and then every Frenchman has it different. The Germans have it different and then every German has it different. The Americans have it different and then every American has it different. The Englishmen, of course, have it different and then every Englishman has it different. Hold everywhere, you know, Canadians have it different and every Canadian has it different.
And then no-one in the world is concentrating on the most important thing. Why are we here? What are we doing in this world? Because all the things that we see, all the things that we perceive, all the things that we want, all the things that we desire are these the things, are these really, truly the important things that we are here for? No. What is the most important? What is truly important? It's that real love that we all want in our lives for a change. That real understanding that we all want in our lives for a change. That truth that we all want. That love that we all want. The love that flows, the love that that is really true. You know, not the idiosyncrasies of this world, not the you and me's of this world but really that truth that Guru Maharaj Ji can give us, you know and it's just like ???? you know there are people who can't relate to me, who can relate to Knowledge but can't relate to me and then there are people who can relate to me but can't relate to Knowledge and it's really true, it's really true that these people who want to relate. (very loud) Don't we, we have to go beyond that point. There's nothing to relate. A tributary that is destined to bound, that is bound to join the river can't sit there and say "Hmm, I don't know if I want to go there." A river cannot flow upstream, a river cannot flow upstream, it is a law of nature. A river cannot say but but, you know, "My destiny is to join the ocean. If I just make a quick right here and go over this mountain the ocean is right there. Then I can join it." No. Why? Isn't that what river does? Isn't what the big rivers who can make it and constantly flow and flow, flow and flow and flow and flow and flow for miles and miles and then just merge into the ocean. Isn't what those, isn't isn't what those rivers are doing and can't the river decide about a quick left over this mountain and under the pass and over the bridge and here I'll be.
You see, this is what we have to understand in our lives that's not the picture, we paint the picture, we paint a picture. See like the famous picture of Mona Lisa's smiling and the word "mona lisa" I know that in India people wouldn't relate to it. They've never see the picture, they've never heard the name, period. I mean, maybe in the high class and the high societies, people who have visited America or have lived there for a long might know but so far I was in India, you know, with my friends, never heard of Mona Lisa. Didn't know who she was, I couldn't care less who she was, as a matter of fact I didn't even have a concept about her. In America or in England or in France or in Germany people, snap, (snaps his fingers) Mona Lisa and she's smiling. Don't you think Mona Lisa ever cried? After, probably after she got finished with that painting she probably cried and cried, probably got sore all over, sitting there in one position all the time smiling. And this is the way we paint the picture of happiness, the way we paint the picture of Guru Maharaj Ji, this is the way we paint the picture of Knowledge. There's sweet little us, and there's the sweet little Knowledge, you know, and "Poof" it's just gonna happen. Who needs Guru Maharaj Ji? But to some there is us and there is Guru Maharaj Ji and who needs Knowledge?
We all have our pictures, we all have our ideas, we all have our philosophies so to speak and yet which one is true? Which one is in fact true? Who can paint a picture of the ultimate, of the ultimate union. Who can paint a picture of the perfection? Who can paint a picture of what's always been there? You see the world is! A miracle is performed every second in this world. Every second a miracle happens. Every zillionth of a second a miracle happens but nobody calls it a miracle. Do you know why? Cause we have understood how it works. To me, it's still a miracle. I know why it rains, you know, and yet it's still a miracle. I know why the sun shines, why it's warm and why does it have to be a clear day for the sun to shine and yet it's still a miracle but people in this world think for themselves they know it too good. "There's no miracle in how when it rains! Don't you know it's so simple, it's just the ocean, the water, it gets hot, it evaporates, it becomes a cloud and then it travels over and then it rains." Well, why don't you do it? Why don't you try making it rain? Why don't you try shining the sun like the sun that shines? Why don't you make it clear? Why don't you make the clouds come and go? Why don't you make the howling winds happen? Not on a small scale for a 16 millimetre projector and movie, you know. But on the real scale as it really happens. And we give an explanation for everything in this world, you know, everything has an explanation.
I mean just look at it. You know we see a cowboy movie and all these cowboys are always huge, they're big. Do you know why cowboys are so big? Always, because the set that they make, the buildings and the bars and all the things you see are one foot smaller than the proper scale so when the cowboy stands in front of it his head is almost touching the ceiling, he looks huge. Everything is just a foot smaller to scale. So when they walk by the street, you know, they look huge. And to us we never think that. Maybe the first time I heard that it was just like, you know "God, look at that" you know. Here, you think these guys are seven feet tall, six feet tall, guys probably the same height as me, they six foot tall.
But to really create a miracle, to really make it happen and this is the same thing. Guru Maharaj Ji comes, I mean and maybe there are people, there are premies, I mean a premie sent me a tape of this interview, this radio interview of this radio show that was done in Carmel a long time ago and it was really beautiful and I remembered it, I remembered everything that went on, you know, it was really beautiful. The way he did it was really incredible and in that, Joan is, he interviewed Joan, you know, and Joan is saying she was in India looking for peace, looking for happiness, looking for something in her life and she went from baba to baba and she was physically pretty in bad shape and I mean her quest was to find something in her life, but she, she had a picture painted in her head. She had a picture painted that if she goes to India she'll find it. Thousands of people go to India just for that reason is because they have a picture painted in their heads that if they go to India that's where the truth is. Truth is everywhere, truth is everywhere. That's the same thing happened with Mohammed. Look at it, we open the Bible and it says God is omnipresent, God is omnipotent, God is omniscient. What is the purpose to go to the church for? Why do we go to the church, why does there have to be a confession booth? Why can't you just confess anywhere. That's the same thing happened with Mohammed. Mohammed was lying with his feet towards the mosque. Here comes the priest and says, "Don't you know you naive, that, that you're not supposed to put your feet towards the mosque?" And he says, "Well then take them and put them where there is no God. Change the direction of my feet. If you think that's the Go, the house of God, that God lives in it, then put my feet towards the direction where there is no God." You know, and we paint out picture.
There are people in India, actually there's one person I know her very well, extremely well and this person will bow down in front of every temple and coming out of her home place, in Dehra Dun, there was a tunnel and right past this tunnel was a temple and every time just about as ready we were coming to the mouth of the temple she'd roll down the window and toss a coin out. Every single time and there was this premie who knew the guy who used to collect all the money that was thrown out and then go down two more miles another temple, you know, and this person would go like this (joins hand as if in prayer and bows his head) and come a mosque, goes like this, come a, come a I mean everything and this is the pretty picture that we all paint. There are people, there are priests in India, very wealthy, you know, and they have these idols made, idols decorated and they go in front of the idol and they offer offerings to the idol and everything and of course the idol, of course, is not going to accept those offerings, how can it? The offering goes to the priest's house and wherever he wants it diverted. Don't you what do you think would happen if one day that priest after the temple hours are closed, God's resting, and it's all down and he's in there, you know, collecting all the money and cleaning it up a little bit. All of a sudden, the idol moved and said." Where you taking that Buster, that's all mine." What do you think would bet he position of that poor priest? He'd be half scared to death, you know, and he'd think about it and he'd think that somebody is playing a joke at him. God. Everybody has a picture of God. You know, children (sucks snot at 37:50) they have a picture of God, This bi-i-i-ig, hu-u-uge man, you know, that's got, that can fly in a leap you know able to cross tall buildings in one leap, faster than a speeding bullet, just immaculate thing, immaculate being. We have it, in our own ways. People who believe in Ram, people who believe in Krishna, people who believe in Mohammed, people who believe in Christ, people who believe in, in Buddha have their own Gods in their own different formats. I mean, everyone of us has our different ideas of what that Creator really is. Everyone of us thinks that we know, we are right and yet, all it is, is just our painting.
And Guru Maharaj Ji comes, you know, Guru Maharaj Ji comes into this world and everybody thinks that Guru Maharaj Ji is also going to pick up a piece of canvas, a bunch of paint brushes, paint and start painting a picture and we'll all see the picture and Ta-da, that'll be it. And ??? Guru Maharaj Ji comes into this world and we all think that we know the kind of picture that Guru Maharaj Ji is going to paint and when Guru Maharaj Ji comes into this world, that's true, always comes into this world but he doesn't paint a picture, no. We translate, after a Perfect Master leaves, disciples take what he has said and try to paint it into a picture but never the Perfect Master. Perfect Master never paints a picture cause he knows there isn't a picture to paint. That picture that he would paint is already within every one of us. That thing, the ultimate goal of life is already within all of us and yet we're ignorant. We do not know. We are unaware and that's no sin, that's no crime. If we do not know, we do not know and that's the why every time the Perfect Master comes into this world to give us, to give us, to teach us perfection. If we all knew, do you think a Perfect Master would come? Do you really think so?
You know sometimes we are holding IDP candidate program at the residence and sometimes I come in there, its happened before. I come in there and "Have you got any questions?" is my first question. "Have you got any questions? Would you like to ask any questions?" Because if they have any questions they can ask me and I'll answer them. I'll gladly answer them. Because I understand that they do not know and I accept that and there is nothing wrong with that. You know, my theory is and I've said this a lotta times that a person who asks 100 times if he's not clear, if he's not sure, asks a hundred times to be sure is a lot smarter than the person who assumes that he knows. And if they have a question , if they have a doubt, because I know that they have mind and I know their mind troubles them just like everyone of you here, you know, and if they have a question ask me and sometimes they don't ask. And this happens with initiators too. Sometimes they just won't ask me a question. And a lot of times I have said "What do you think you are perfectly realised souls or something that you don't have a question anymore?" And even after that they don't budge. I just feel like getting up and leaving. And yet I know that they those questions and that's why I come the next time and ask the same exact questions, "Do you have a question? Would you like to ask a question?" And there is those differences that we try to paint. Guru, to me Guru Maharaj Ji is an extremely and a highly respected thing in my life.
You know, to me you can hardly commit a crime against God because there are so many Gods. Who are you offending? It's questionable. Well it's so clear. The Hindus have their own Gods and He wants them to do a very particular thing and the Muslims have their own Gods and He wants them to do a very particular thing. You know there is a joke and I (sniggers) you know I heard it and it's just like to me it's a very stoopid joke. And it's just like there was this guy and he was a Jew and he went to see the Pope and he asked the Pope, he said "Was your Lord a Jew?" and he said "Si. Yes." Was he born, was his parents Jew?" Pope said, "Yes." You know, and he said "Did he, did he, were his disciples Jew?" He said, "Yes." So he goes, "How come you're letting these Italians run our own empire?" You know, but here are the ???, here is the thing, that the God of Jews is different than the Gods of Christians, if that's not true. And there are so many fragments and there are so many things because obviously the God of Muslims the God of Muslims definitely does not object if Muslims eat cow bu the God, the God of Hindus definitely objects if you eat cow. So, what do you do? For which God? And what's the sin, what's the crime? It all depends, doesn't it? Because there's so many different Gods in this world, there's so many different religions in this, religions in this world and all have their own rule, own ??? enforcement, own police uniforms, you know. In India they have their shav, hair, heads are shaved and wear saffron robes, in Western countries, blake, they wear a black robe with a white collar. All different uniforms, all different reinforcements, all different sects.
And yet, isn't the truth all away from it? Is that where the truth is? Is that where the truth sits? Is that where the truth lies? Truth is within us. That picture which we are trying to paint so definitely outside is already within us and we have to look inside. We have to open up inside. We have to understand that inside of us not outside of us, inside of us and that's why Guru Maharaj Ji comes in this world. He doesn't paint a picture. He just says "Look, here it is. Open your heart and let me tell you something. Let me show you something." Because we go blind. We go blind because we see, what we comprehend is only this world. This world becomes everything to us and our proportions are completely distorted. Oh yeas, I mean this world is there and we live in it and we have to live in it. If we want to live where, where else are we going to live? We have to live in this world.
But the proportions get completely distorted and that's where the problem comes, that's where the problem you know, Paragon got up and he was giving satsang and he said, "And we all, you know, what do we wanna have to do with this illusion?" and the first reaction, "This is not illusion, this is real. You know, look, it's here, man. You know, this is real. Can't you see it? Can't you feel it? Can't you touch it?" So therefore, according to our theory what you can feel, what you can touch, what you can see is real. What you cannot touch, what you cannot feel, what you cannot see is unreal. And that's the whole problem why people couldn't recognise Jesus. Because their God couldn't be touched, couldn't be seen and couldn't be felt and when Jesus walked this earth he could be seen, he could be felt, he could be touched. People couldn't understand that. They wanted a God who's there when to touch their hand would go right through His body. Nothing, just transparent, a shadow, a ghostly shadow perhaps and Guru Maharaj Ji shows us something which is real, which is true because Guru Maharaj Ji brings us into this world and shows us something, gives us that realisation, shows us what God really is. In its true form. That God that has no religion, is bound to no religion, is not abducted by a religion because that's what the religions do, they abduct God, they steal Him, get a copyright on Him. If you don't do things a certain way you don't believe in God. You have to go to a church every Sunday. If really we knew, us human beings knew a place where God lived, wouldn't we all move there? God, the Creator, the omnipresent, the omniscient, the omnipotent. If we really knew He lived somewhere, wouldn't we all just move in? Don't you all want to be there? And yet I mean here there are a lot of premies but even ask that question to people who don't have Knowledge in their own painting and yet that's not the way it is, is it?
And so premies this festival of Guru Puja, again it has an Indian connotation because 'puja' is a Hindi word. And 'guru' is an Hindian word but 'guru' is neither American, the true guru is neither American nor Indian nor English nor Canadian nor Mexican nor Russian nor Chinese nor Australian. I don't even know how many countries there are but it goes for every one of the countries. But he's here not for those divisions but for us, for every individual human being and the thing is Guru Puja is a festival when we all come and the thing is it always rains at Guru Puja unless we do it inside a hall then it probably rains outside but it always rains at Guru Puja. You know and the thing is, I mean I don't know if that's a point for the rain or not a point for the rain, it just seems to like it to be there somehow.
But the thing is, what is Guru Puja? Why have we all come here? Ha, we came for Holi and we'll all come for Hans Jayanti and we are here for Guru Puja. Guru Puja, if you have a guru, if you have a Perfect Master, you can't do anything but worship him every day of your life. You tell me, if you really have that Perfect Master in your life, what can you do except to worship him every day? Get up and worship him, pray, know, surrender. Every day of our lives!
And yet we all come here, you know, just to experience what Guru Maharaj Ji has to give us, just to experience what Guru Maharaj Ji has to give us more and more and more. Just to experience to be putting, to be put back on the road, to experience, to be brought into that harmony again. You know, and maybe there are several aspects of Guru Puja and yet in our hearts there is no other way you can worship Guru Maharaj Ji. I know there is going to be a lot of Indians, there, there used to anyway bring ???? you know little trays with the red stuff in it and the arti tray and the rice and the sandalwood, chundun and I mean a lot of things some sugars, sweet stuff, ??? and all this because they feel that's the way you worship Guru Maharaj Ji. Guru Maharaj Ji, you can only worship Guru Maharaj Ji from heart and that's it, from you love and that's it and to me to come to an occasion, to me to come to a place, to come to a point in our hearts where we can even pray to Guru Maharaj Ji, where we can even see Guru Maharaj Ji that's the greatest opportunity in our lives, that is the greatest thing in our lives. And we just have to open up and really look around and really realise what we are here for, what we want, what Guru Maharaj Ji has given us, what Guru Maharaj Ji has showed us because where were we, where were we going, where were we headed towards, everyone of us.
A beautiful story you know, I was drowning and Guru Maharaj Ji came and helped me. Went, aren't we all drowning? You know, at least we are drenching wet in the rain but truly drowning in the river of what appears to be something we can feel, touch and see. And Guru Maharaj Ji comes and he gives us that hand, he gives us that shelter, he gives us that focus, he gives us that aid, he gives us his grace through which we can even understand what it all means, through which we can even understand what it is all about. You know and we have come here to celebrate this festival and yet what festival? What festival? No balloons, no fancy ribbons, no ties, no parties, only second to third class food, odd times and odd hours, money accommodations on horse racing track, you know, aeroplanes flying by, raining, muddy. I mean what are we here to celebrate? This is bad place for a party or any kind of festive occasion for that matter. But we haven't come here to have, to have a party and yet something which is even better than a party. To fill up not with junk food and then plop, plop, fizz, fizz, alka-seltzer at the end of it. We haven't come here for that and we haven't come here for a party that has a beginning and has an end. We haven't come here for a festival where people make believe that they're happy and every day they retire onto their bed they know it's gonna end and there'll be their miserable life again.
I mean that's the way always it was with me on Saturdays. We didn't get whole Saturday off when I was in school and I enjoyed Saturday the most after classes because I knew the next day was a Sunday and I knew I didn't have to go anywhere. And yet on Sunday evening most of my time was spent thinking "Tomorrow is school again." And sometimes it used to, you know, here you have, all you want to do is play and have your games and there you just have to sit down and do your homework and that's the way it is with those festive occasions. You come here, hoorah, lights, balloons, this and that.
We all come together, this and that and to know when it's all over everybody will leave this room, it's over, you know, that's it, and yet we come every day to become happier throughout our lives, we come to one festival to listen to satsang so that throughout our lives it'll make us happier and happier and more happier and more happier not more miserable and miserable and miserable but happier and happier and happier every day of our lives for the rest of our lifetime, for the rest of our lives. And that's the power and that's the grace that Guru Maharaj Ji showers upon us. The little extra, you know, the Holi combined with Guru Puja, never been done before and nevertheless the significances do they have. There are premies here, they have come, you know, some premies are thinking "It's wet" the people who can't stand the feeling of wet. There are people who just can't stand the feeling of wet, namely the people who never shower or bath because they just don't like to be wet. And they're probably thinking about "I'm wet, I am wet!" or people who just put on the best of their clothes, you know, suit or tie. I don't see anybody with a suit or a tie on but there's probably somebody, somewhere thinking "Nice day, first day of summer." Wet!
And yet to me, it doesn't make a difference because before I was going to come on here, I was right in the back of the stage and I was saying "My God, it's raining. What are we gonna do?" And it's just like all the premies are starting to get up and warm up a little bit and so on and so forth cause it isn't the rain the we have come here for and it ins't the sunshine we have come here for. It's to take away those clouds from our heart and make that permanent sunshine again that is why we are here and that's what we want and most of all that's what we want.
Sunshine again is why I am even here and that's what we want and most of all that's what we want. The true happiness I mean that's the reason I am here to be with the premies. To come to a festival to be able to give satsang to be able to see you, to be able to just, you know, be here. And because that satsang not only brings you experience, brings me an experience. Brings me the experience of that truth, brings me the experience of that love, brings me the experience of that satisfaction. Satsang is like a diamond, satsang is like the sun, wherever it comes out, wherever it falls, it'll shine. Nothing to stop it, wherever it falls, it'll shine, even these clouds are shining on the top, you know. Because that's the power of that grace, that's the power to take the darkness completely away and that's what has to become in our lives, also this is what we have to understand that this coming and going affair, you know, of coming into this Knowledge coming into this, into this experience, coming to a festival and enjoying it and then it all goes poof like balloon, it's no good.
We come to this festival, okay, after this festival there's going to be the festival, the Guru Puja festival in America. After the American festival I think there's a couple of programs and after that the World Tour begins and if everything is okay I think I come back through Europe and go towards East. I will not say which part of the East but towards East, you know, however that one works out. Who knows? And then maybe to Australia and maybe to Fiji and to all these places and then, then to Hawaii and then I'll come back and then there is Hans Jayanti. And yet is that how many programs I will have to give for somebody's heart to really open up? No. I can give a million programs, I can give a zillion programs, I can give a trillion programs and maybe your heart will not open up and yet maybe one is all you need. Cause it's you, Guru Maharaj Ji comes in this world and offers what he has to offer, you know. Guru Maharaj Ji, the kind of cards he plays, is he just takes all his Aces and lays them down and there's four aces and all of the four he lays them down. Beat that. He doesn't have to play a game and he doesn't. Surrender, surrender to me. It could be a huge game so Guru Maharaj Ji could play and at the end of this very game he could say "Well all along, the thing was that you had to spell surrender and then surrender is what you'd have to do to really get to it." But no, that's not the game. It's right and it's flat and it's straight and it's clean. Surrender. Let go what are you hanging onto? Do you even like what you're hanging onto? You know, it's like these people, you know, who are just hanging on and hanging on and hanging on and hanging on, never even looking to what they're hanging on. A filthy piece of rod they're hanging on. Dirty, mucky, something you would never in all your true senses even want to come close to perhaps. Just to let go to, really just come in that focus, in that realisation and that's all. That's all you know when that baby cannot walk sufficiently all by itself. Maybe it tries, maybe it does everything, but when that baby cannot anymore, the mother takes that baby and holds that baby, gives it what it really needs.
When we really let go, when that's it for us, then perhaps Guru Maharaj Ji comes and picks us up. Then how many is it going to take? How many falls? Nobody wants you to fall you know except the mind cause then it can be on top of you. Then it can guide you, then it can control you. Towards the, the darkness, towards that destiny that has no, has no purpose. I mean look at all the people in this world. You know you look at graveyards and there are some graveyards where there are thousands of people buried and what have they done in their lives? What have they accomplished and what have they gained? They came in this world, they lived their lives, their little, their little portraits just went with them. What is there left of it to show but just a headstone. You know, and that's what this world gives us. There are people who don't have names cause, you know, they were fighting, they were soldiers or something like that, they don't have names, they're just buried. They find a body, they don't know who it is, they just bury them. That's it. Is that our life? Is there, is our destiny really to be six feet buried under the ground with a headstone sticking up. Is that it? Is that the final thing and that's it? Cause if that's all that this is all about then there's, then the meaning of life doesn't exist. There's nothing to life. What is the purpose of life? Life is no good.
But that's not the way it is, it doesn't end at that headstone and it doesn't bring, you know, it just doesn't begin from you first "Whang", the official day of when you were born in this world. There's a lot more to it, there's a lot more there and what's there Guru Maharaj Ji can show you, reveal to you, bring to you in your own heart, in your own realisation. And that's what we want and what does Guru Maharaj Ji say. Guru Maharaj Ji doesn't say anything and yet Guru Maharaj Ji says everything. Guru Maharaj Ji doesn't say anything to us because what does Guru Maharaj Ji say ot us? Maybe, to us Guru Maharaj Ji is saying "Surrender" to us Guru Maharaj Ji is saying, you know, this and that and do satsang and do service and do meditation. What is the meaning of all that? By simply saying, it won't happen. By Guru Maharaj Ji simply saying so satsang, service and meditation do you think your satsang, service and meditation will become satsang, service and meditation? Or do you think by simply saying satsang, service and meditation it'll materialise in satsang, service and meditation? You're wrong, Guru Maharaj Ji doesn't say anything because whatever he says we can hear and yet somehow we can't even adhere to it. And yet Guru Maharaj Ji says something which he doesn't say and does a lot more for us and that's Guru Maharaj Ji's grace and when we can really open up to Guru Maharaj Ji from our hearts then we will be able to hear and see what Guru Maharaj Ji is really saying to us and then we will be able to adhere to what Guru Maharaj Ji is really saying to us physically, "Do satsang, service and meditation."
Then when Guru Maharaj Ji and when we come to a festival and we sit down and Guru Maharaj Ji tells us "Satsang, service and meditation" then it'll make sense to us. I can understand perfectly if premies say "Satsang, service and meditation, my God, everybody's chanting that mantra: satsang, service and meditation." Satsang, service and meditation, that's it, that's what anybody knows, every premie's ??? "I can't do satsang, service and meditation. In my life it just doesn't fit in the rut of doing satsang, service and meditation". Maybe people just take off in their own direction, "I can't do it! Look I can do satsang and I can do service but meditation is out of my realm. Sorry! Ciao. That's it." You know and maybe it goes back and forth like that. You see because it is not a mantra and I, I can agree with you to a certain extent that yes that, that is repeated a little bit too many times, satsang, service and meditation and yet by repeating it way too many times if you can't understand what it means, do you think by repeating it any less will you understand what it means?
It certainly isn't a mantra. It is something to understand. It is something to do it is something to let go to. It is something to let just completely fill your life. Let that experience of satsang really come into you. Of satsang. Let that experience of service really let that satsang of service engulf you. Let it, let it really become service, let it really become an experience. And let that meditation really dictate every second of your life, to let every second of your life be meditation, every action that you do be service, every word that you speak be it satsang. Their ideas that people have what satsang is. If you have an idea about what satsang is, it isn't satsang. It's flat as that. People come together who will be talking about a very particular thing (sucks snot and swallows). "Well I'm out today, could you make my bed?" You know and in, in the process of trying to convince … I was going to say "the sucker" but I won't. In the process of trying to convince your brother that he should do it try to make a sucker out of him, the long lecture that you end up with, you may define it as satsang: well it isn't. It just simply isn't. It's not your concepts of service, it's an experience, experience when you do something for Guru Maharaj Ji, not for yourself. An experience really manifesting for Guru Maharaj Ji of something that you do and let Guru Maharaj Ji take that experience and plough it back it into you. That is service because then genuinely an experience manifests. When you talk and that what you speak really comes from your heart, what you say really comes from your heart, from your experience of that love that you have for Guru Maharaj Ji, that experience of Guru Maharaj Ji that experience of Knowledge. Then and then only can it be satsang. Every Joe Blow talking isn't satsang. I may go as far as to say that sometimes the initiators get up to give satsang. It takes them a couple of minutes to fire up. It's like a cold start machine. You go in there, have you ever started a diesel engine up? Diesel engine. You pull a plug, the glow plug warms it up, then it gets hot, then when the diesel strikes the firewall finally ignites it, then it just keeps rolling. Sometimes initiators will get up and they will be giving satsang and for the first two minutes they don't even make sense. So far I am concerned cause it takes them a little while to get ignited and once they get ignited then that experience starts to flow and then it is satsang. Because then I don't have to believe in his words, there is an experience coming from him. I don't have to listen to his words, I don't have to listen to his stories, I don't have to laugh at his jokes, I don't have to be even impressed by what he's saying or how he's saying it. But I can close my eyes and still experience something because it is coming from his heart, it is coming that experience that he is talking about is coming from his experience. He's not making it up and I tell you man, you can't make it up, you can't get up there and give satsang and think about it. That isn't satsang. That's the way thousands of people get up and talk, chit chat, get up and make no sense, fumble up their papers, you know. But satsang is an inner experience and when that inner experience manifests then that becomes satsang. Every word and I said that may your every word be satsang and it can happen. Your every word can be satsang if your every action can be service and if your every moment can be meditation. And it can happen, your life can become that.
Guru Maharaj Ji's grace. When Guru Maharaj Ji's grace is powerful enough to do anything in this world, don't you think it is definitely powerful enough to make your every word a satsang and every action a service and every moment of your life indulged with the beauty of meditation. Oh yes, it certainly is but we have to open our eyes, we have to open out hearts, we have to good, let's put it this way, we have to give Guru Maharaj Ji a chance. You know it's like if you can imagine Guru Maharaj Ji holding his hands out and his hands are full of ants and these ants are constantly trying to crawl out and Guru Maharaj Ji you know takes his other hand and is just constantly trying to keep them in and constantly these ants are trying to get out. Sometimes that is what happens with devotees. Guru Maharaj Ji is constantly showering that experience, Guru Maharaj Ji is trying to give that experience, Guru Maharaj Ji is trying to make every word into, into satsang, every work, everything, every action into service and every moment of our lives into meditation and it's just who takes off the other direction? Does Guru Maharaj Ji take off the other direction? No we take off for all directions. Because we like that. You know it is so wonderful to just split, mind loves it, every moment, every second of it. It is so wonderful that here is satsang going on and somebody is spacing out in that town. It's so wonderful that here satsang is going on and somebody is just roaming about in their car. It's wonderful, it's incredible. It's wonderful that here is somebody trying to give satsang and to talk to get up and talk at the end of the community hall. It is wonderful. And it is wonderful while everybody is doing service you've got your legs crossed and you're dozing off in your chair. It's wonderful.
Why is it wonderful? Because that's what your mind likes. That's what your mind wants you to do. And for one time mind's got you and you're doing everything that your mind wants you to do and you're not even questioning it. I mean you mind's got you in its hand and it's crushing it and you're not even squeaking. But isn't that the way it is, maybe that's gross and really that is not wonderful. We think it's wonderful, it's not wonderful. You know a golf ball, we are, this is what mind is mind gonna golf ball. We are like a golf ball. You know what a golf ball is done to? You take a golf ball, you clean a golf ball (makes rubbing motions on shirt) and so as it doesn't even get dirty uh they put it away from the ground on a peg. They take actually, for a little ittsy bittsy ball that they're gonna hit, they take a peg and they put it on top of a peg. And to hit this ball with, they even clean their clubs and the finest, very expensive and even a poor guy has to carry them around. A whole human is devoted to these golf clubs so they can carry them around. And all this is done and yet you will remember you are not the club and you are not the peg, you are the golf ball. But though for that golf ball how pamperous can it be? I mean, after all, how many people get their own servant? Beautiful, you know, places specially made for that ball, nothing else called golf courses. Nobody is gonna race there, nobody is gonna land there, just for the golf ball. It's cut every day, it's kept clean, I mean, incredible. Golf balls, golf clubs that cost hundreds of dollars, golf, even cars, this ball has its own world. Immaculate world and this is the way mind does to it, to us too. But you know it isn't the golf club that suffers and it isn't the peg, it's the poor ball that has to go flying across it all. And sometimes that's what happen to us. And maybe the mind says "What about this and what about that?" and pampers and all the things that mind tries to bring to us make us seem like an emperor and at the end we are the ones that get hit and have to fly. We are the ones that lose, all those things that we think are wonderful end up as our own enemies ourselves.
And yet it's so beautiful to just have Guru Maharaj Ji in our lives so Guru Maharaj Ji can and will show us that it's not what it appears to be. That is why it's called an illusion. This world that we get hooked on, that's that's why it's called an illusion cause it is not what it appears to be. So far your definitions of real of reality are concerned, whether they are, whether this world is real or not according to your definition of course it's real but it definitely isn't what it appears to be. All that love that we dedicate our lives to, it def, it definitely isn't what it appears to be. When Guru Maharaj Ji shows us that Knowledge, when Guru Maharaj Ji shows us that real life then there are no questions left, then there are not, there can never be a question after that and that's what Guru Maharaj Ji wants to brings us and so premies (sucks phlegm out of nose) you know it's really beautiful to have you all here on this horse race track, quarter mile hurdle, half mile hurdle, there are hurdles all over this track and it's just like here we are you know and this is just the first day of this satsang and only the first wet evening. There potentially could be three more wet evenings, if they aren't wet anyway there will be three more days of satsang. Whether they are wet or whether they are dry. Tomorrow, whether it's wet, whether it's dry, there'll be darshan (cheers, ragged shouts of Bolie Shri Satguru Dev Maharaj Ki Jai) and so premies all I can say is that really you know to take this opportunity you know and it's just like Guru Maharaj Ji is always giving us opportunities. Guru Maharaj Ji is given us one opportunity in one, in our life. There are no other opportunities in one sense and yet here we are at this festival And you know something you can really make it happen for yourself. There's nothing special about it but let it happen for you. Your effort and Guru Maharaj Ji's grace. Guru Maharaj Ji's grace is there, your effort, take that step in your life. Really focus on that satsang, on that service, on that meditation. So premies thank you very much and I hope I'll see you tomorrow.
(Bolie Shri Satguru Dev Maharaj Ki Jai)